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Masters 2013: Jamie Donaldson shoots hole-in-one on sixth hole

Xbox practice pays off as Welshman Donaldson hits hole-in-one on debut

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:50 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 11 April 2013

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a flying start to his first Masters with a sensational hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Augusta.

The 37-year-old was one over par by the time he reached the 180-yard, par-three sixth before his amazing shot on the hole known as Juniper.

He became the fifth golfer record a hole-in-one on the sixth, the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Donaldson's shot was the 24th ace in Masters history after Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one on No 16 last year.

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

The Welshman, who was priced at 300-1 before the tournament, prepared for his first trip down Magnolia Lane by playing on his Xbox.

Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi
Championship in January, his first victory on the European Tour.

Elsewhere, Englishman David Lynn was the early leader in the clubhouse thanks to an opening round of 68.

Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn carded a four-under-par 68 in the first round at Augusta National.

The 39-year-old from Stoke, who has just one win in almost 400 European Tour events, carded six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Thursday.

Follow Sportsmail's live coverage from day one at Augusta HERE.

VIDEO: Tiger Woods hits embarrassing drive at Abu Dhabi Championship

VIDEO: Tiger hits embarrassing topped drive that just makes it past ladies' tee

PUBLISHED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:52 GMT, 18 January 2013

The ugly topped drive that barely makes it past the ladies' tee – it's the shot that brings us hackers out in cold sweats. Is there anything more embarrassing on the golf course

Well, just ask Tiger Woods. The 14-time major champion proved that even golfing Gods are not immune from first-tee meltdowns (although it was actually his tenth hole) when he pulled his drive low into the rough at the Abu Dhabi Championship, his first tournament of the year.

Woods looked on aghast as his shot travelled barely 130 yards. We know how you feel, Tiger. But we also secretly enjoy it when it happens…

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

Oh Tiger! Woods reacts after hitting his shocking drive off the first tee

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Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal mixes up pairings in final practice

Will he risk it Olazabal mixes up pairings in final practice ahead of Ryder Cup tee-off

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UPDATED:

14:15 GMT, 27 September 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal mixed things up on Thursday for Europe's final nine-hole practice session on the eve of the Ryder Cup in Chicago.

World No 1 Rory McIlroy was no longer with regular partner Graeme McDowell, but with Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer instead as Europe's captain rang the changes.

McDowell went out with Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Francesco Molinari, while the first group was Lee Westwood, Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Belgian newcomer Nicolas Colsaerts.

Mixing it up: Jose Maria Olazabal mixed up his pairings during the final practice

Mixing it up: Jose Maria Olazabal mixed up his pairings during the final practice

Europe's defence of the trophy begins with foursomes on Friday morning and it is widely expected McIlroy and McDowell will be back in the harness and that Donald and Garcia – unbeaten in six games together in that format – will again be partners.

Close friends Rose and Poulter played together in 2008, winning two of their three games, and practised together the first two days at Medinah.

If those three are fixed in Olazabal's head then the biggest decision he has to take for the start of the match is who to put with Westwood, unbeaten in his last 10 foursomes going back to 1999.

In that time Westwood has partnered Darren Clarke, Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Kaymer and Donald.

Gamble Olazabal is likely to stick with his original combinations

Gamble Olazabal is likely to stick with his original combinations

Of the remaining players Scot Paul Lawrie has the experience of playing an away match, but that was in 1999, while Hanson and Kaymer made their debuts last time.

As the debutant big-hitting Colsaerts is expected to be given the chance to soak up the atmosphere in the foursomes before being introduced for the afternoon fourballs.

The foursomes pairings are announced at the opening ceremony later on Thursday.

To give his side more rest he decided to limit yesterday's practice to the front nine and the final tune-up to Medinah's inward half.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in one-off matchplay duel at Jinsha Lake Golf Club

Rory to battle Tiger in China in one-off matchplay duel at Jinsha Lake

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22:31 GMT, 15 August 2012

World No 1 Rory McIlroy will take on 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in a one-off matchplay showdown in China in October.

The pair will be the only competitors in the 18-hole event, which will be held at Jinsha Lake Golf Club in Zhengzhou on October 29.

'It's an exciting concept and it will be a lot of fun going head to head with Tiger,’ said McIlroy.

Zhengzhou do for two: Woods and McIlroy will shoot it out in China

Zhengzhou do for two: Woods and McIlroy will shoot it out in China

'The Duel at Jinsha Lake will be the first time Tiger and I have come together to play a one-off match like this, so I’m really looking forward to it.

'I've always looked up to him as a player. What he's achieved is remarkable.’

The showdown – for which there is no prize money – will be a month after the pair feature in the Ryder Cup.

McIlroy returned to the top of the world rankings after winning last week’s PGA Championship, his second major title, by eight strokes.

Chelsea told Edinson Cavani will cost 78million

De Laurentiis slaps 78m price-tag on Cavani to ward off Chelsea interest

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UPDATED:

13:31 GMT, 22 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Edinson Cavani will cost Chelsea 78million if they wish to prise him away from Napoli, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has announced.

Cavani is one of the options being considered by Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as he looks to fill the gaping hole left by Didier Drogba.

Cavani fits the bill perfectly after he netted 33 goals in 47 games for the second successive campaign.

Hand it to him: Cavani would become one of the world's most expensive players

Hand it to him: Cavani would become one of the world's most expensive players

But De Laurentiis has warned the Blues they will have to shell-out the huge figure to convince Napoli to part company with their star striker.

'Cavani is not for sale, but we could let him go for €100m (78m),' he told Sky Sport Italia. 'This is not his actual value, but his value to me and he won't leave for less.'

Once the capture of attacking midfielder Oscar is complete, the Blues will look to complete two more deals — expected to be a centre forward and a right back — before the transfer window closes.

Cavani, 25, who is also on the Juventus wanted list, has been watched by Chelsea for some time and scored against them in the Champions League last season.

Hot shot: The Uruguay international scored 33 goals for Napoli last season

Hot shot: The Uruguay international scored 33 goals for Napoli last season

Jamie Donaldson wins Irish Open

Donaldson breaks his duck with Irish Open victory his first European Tour success

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 1 July 2012

A week that meant so much to Northern Ireland turned out to mean even more for Welshman Jamie Donaldson on Sunday.

In his 255th European Tour event and after a career in which he has had to battle with a genetic spine problem, 36-year-old finally tasted victory in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush – and did it by four shots with five birdies in his last seven holes.

Breaking his duck: Jamie Donaldson celebrates on the 18th green

Breaking his duck: Jamie Donaldson celebrates on the 18th green

This was the first time since 1953 that the tournament had been played north of the border and what a success it was, with record crowds ever for a regular Tour event – over 112,000 for the four days.

Every one of them will hope it leads to the return of the Open Championship after even longer – Max Faulkner won that 61 years ago – and Donaldson will join them in that wish.

The former amateur star, who partnered Luke Donald and Paul Casey in the world team championship in 2000, has suffered from Pars disease, but careful management of it has finally enabled him to fulfil his dream.

His brilliant closing 66 was only one off the low round of the week and a 25-foot putt on the last enabled him to reach 18 under par.

'I'm buzzing,' he said. 'And I'm so happy to have won on this course – I don't think we have played a better one on the European Tour.'

Storming finish: Donaldson shot a closing round 66

Storming finish: Donaldson shot a closing round 66

Reminded of his long wait to break through – it has contained 32 top 10 finishes – Donaldson added: 'It's just been a case of keeping going. I knew that what I was doing was right.

'It feels a bit surreal to be honest. I don't think it will sink in till later.'

The week also contained his first hole-in-one on the circuit and it began with him shooting 62 at Sunningdale to qualify for The Open at Royal Lytham in just over a fortnight.

Joint second were England's Anthony Wall, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, but it was Swede Mikael Lundberg who threatened most to grab the title away from Donaldson.

Worth the wait: Donaldson plays out of the bunker on the 11th in an otherwise faultless final round

Worth the wait: Donaldson plays out of the bunker on the 11th in an otherwise faultless final round

From six back he covered the first 10 holes in a spectacular eight under and led by two.

He could not keep it going, though, and bogeys at the 16th and 18th meant he eventually finished joint fifth.

With the local “Big Three” of Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke finishing 10th, 16th and 39th respectively the main Irish hope was 2007 winner Padraig Harrington.

He was only two behind when he teed off, but a disappointing 70 dropped him to joint seventh.

Jose Manuel Lara caddie tries to lose club in bush at BMW International Open

Lara pays price for extra club in Germany… after caddie tries to lose it in a bush!

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11:24 GMT, 22 June 2012

Jose Manuel Lara has been disqualified from the BMW International Open in Cologne after his caddie tried to hide the fact that the Spaniard began the event with an extra club in his bag.

In what was deemed a serious breach of etiquette, Lara was thrown out of the event when the incident came to light after he had shot an opening 73 – and his caddie was asked not to return.

European Tour chief referee John Paramor said: 'His caddie noticed that he had a 15th club and on the second hole he attempted to lose it in a thick bush.

Bad day at the office: Jose Manuel Lara was disqualified in Cologne

Bad day at the office: Jose Manuel Lara was disqualified in Cologne

'He was seen entering the bush with the bag of clubs by his playing partners (Ireland's Damien McGrane and Swede Peter Hedblom), who thought it was a little bit suspicious.

'They went and asked the chap “What are you doing” and he sort of fumbled out an answer saying “I've got this wrong – I've done something bad. I wish it hadn't happened, etc etc”.

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'It was clear the club was out of the bag and in the bush at the time. He admitted it straight away and regretted his action.

'A ruling was sought over what was the penalty for carrying an extra club and he was given two shots for the first hole and two for the second.'

Without those Lara, twice a winner on the circuit, would have returned a three-under 69 and been in contention, but on the 18th hole a referee was summoned to the recording area and that is when the full story was told.

Good place to hide a club! Jeev Milka Singh in some serious rough at Gut Larchenhof (but the Indian finished his round with all his clubs in the bag...)

Good place to hide a club! Jeev Milka Singh in some serious rough at Gut Larchenhof (but the Indian finished his round with all his clubs in the bag…)

After speaking to colleagues on the referees panel Paramor ruled that it was a serious incident and warranted disqualification.

'Hopefully we won't have too many more of those,' Paramor told Sky Sports. 'We interviewed the player and are perfectly satisfied that he had no knowledge of what was going on.

'It was clearly the caddie doing what he felt at the time was the right thing, but was clearly the wrong thing. He's kind of been asked not to come back and that's how the matter has been resolved.'

Tiger Woods world ranking up to fourth

Woods back in world's top four after matching Nicklaus with Memorial Tournament win

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

10:14 GMT, 4 June 2012

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 4 June 2012

Tiger Woods is up to fourth in the world after producing one of the shots of his life en route to winning the Memorial Tournament.

A spectacular chip-in birdie from the rough over the 16th green helped the 36-year-old to match the 73 PGA Tour wins of tournament host Jack Nicklaus. Only Sam Snead with 82 is ahead of him now.

The former world No 1 climbs from ninth to fourth a week before he heads to San Francisco for his attempt to win a 15th major. He is currently four behind Nicklaus' record – and has been since the 2008 US Open.

Main man: Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tourmanent in Ohio

Main man: Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tourmanent in Ohio

Woods' fist-pumping roar of delight rolled back the years, and was soon followed by a calm raise of the club after a birdie putt on 18 which he knew had taken him out of reach of the chasing Rory Sabbatini, who finished two shots back.

Starting the day four off the lead, Woods birdied the second hole after a fine approach to eight feet but it was the fifth where his round sparked into life.

With two par-fives in the space of three holes, Woods took full advantage by birdying both as well as the intervening sixth.

He gave one shot back at the eighth
when a 40-foot putt broke too far, and after losing another at 10 it
looked as though his charge would not materialise.

But
he had other ideas, with three birdies in the last four holes including
the shot which Nicklaus himself, watching at greenside, said was the
best he had seen at the Muirfield Village course.

Legends of the game: Woods is congratulated by Jack Nicklaus after his victory

Legends of the game: Woods is congratulated by Jack Nicklaus after his victory

And Woods told reporters: 'I knew if I hit it short it would have been down and left, if I hit it long it was in the water. The lie wasn't all that great, I had to take a cut at it and it came out just perfect.'

And Woods –
10 years younger than
Nicklaus when he recorded his last win – said: 'It's been pretty nice
and to do it at age 36, it's not too shabby. I've been very proud what
I've done so far in my career and I feel I've still got a lot of good
years ahead of me.'

On Sunday's round as a whole, he
said: 'Boy, I hit it good today. I never really missed a shot, I had the
pace of the greens really nice and made a few putts.'

Overnight leader Spencer Levin opened
up with an 11-foot putt for birdie and was solid for the remainder of
his front nine, but bogeyed the 10th and gradually unravelled on the way
home.

Sabbatini was one over for his front nine but hit his approach at the par-five 11th to three feet and holed out for birdie.

He repeated the feat at the tricky
short 12th – and also saw Levin dump his tee shot in the back left
bunker, which seemed to derail the erstwhile leader's challenge.

Holed it: Woods on his way to victory in the Memorial Tournament

Holed it: Woods on his way to victory in the Memorial Tournament

It led to a bogey and worse was to follow at the next as a six-foot bogey putt dived dramatically right, the resulting six dropping him three shots off the lead at five under.

Sabbatini was fortunate to see his tee shot at the next pull up just short of the water and he capitalised with a perfectly measured approach which followed the contours of the green round towards the hole – but his birdie putt stopped inches short.

He was two clear at that stage but Woods was not finished and birdied 15 before producing the big moment of the day at the next.

Levin
held his breath as a par putt at 16 horseshoed round the back of the
hole before succumbing to gravity, but he could not hole out at 17.

Done it! Woods raises his putter to salute the crowd after making sure of his victory

Done it! Woods raises his putter to salute the crowd after making sure of his victory

WORLD RANKINGS

1 Luke Donald, 2 Rory McIlroy, 3 Lee Westwood, 4 Tiger Woods 6.79, 5 Bubba Watson, 6 Matt Kuchar, 7 Justin Rose, 8 Hunter Mahan, 9 Jason Dufner, 10 Martin Kaymer, 11 Steve Stricker, 12 Phil Mickelson, 13 Webb Simpson, 14 Charl Schwartzel, 15 Louis Oosthuizen, 16 Zach Johnson, 17 Adam Scott, 18 Rickie Fowler, 19 Jason Day, 20 Dustin Johnson.

Other leading Europeans: 21 Graeme McDowell, 22 Sergio Garcia, 25 Peter Hanson, 27 Ian Poulter, 29 Paul Lawrie, 32 Martin Laird, 33 Francesco Molinari, 34 Thomas Bjorn, 35 Nicolas Colsaerts, 38 Carl Pettersson, 42 Alvaro Quiros, 46 Simon Dyson, 47 Fredrik Jacobson, 48 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 49 Robert Karlsson, 53 Anders Hansen, 55 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 58 Paul Casey, 59 Robert Rock, 62 Miguel Angel Jimenez, 63 Matteo Manassero, 76 Darren Clarke, 79 Joost Luiten, 81 Pablo Larrazabal, 84 Alexander Noren, 87 Michael Hoey, 88 Brian Davis, 93 Richie Ramsay, 96 Padraig Harrington, 98 Stephen Gallacher, 99 Bernd Wiesberger, 100 David Lynn

Woods' nerveless putt for a closing
birdie meant he would have been out of the hunt in any case, and left
Sabbatini needing an improbable eagle at the par-four 18th to force a
play-off.

That was never on the cards, and Woods' coronation was confirmed moments later.

Andres Romero came from off the pace
to share second place with Sabbatini, eagling the long 15th before
finishing with a birdie three.

Levin shared fourth with Daniel
Summerhays on five under, the latter carding 69 including three birdies
and an eagle in his last five holes.

Two more Americans, Matt Every and
Jonathan Byrd, were four under, with Justin Rose three under and a
closing 67 leaving fellow Englishman Greg Owen a further shot back
alongside Ryo Ishikawa and Aaron Baddeley. Luke Donald was one under.

Woods' playing partner Rickie Fowler's anticipated challenge crumbled spectacularly.

The
young American wore his trademark all-orange for the final day but
would have wanted to disappear from view after squandering an opening
birdie by dropping four shots over the next three holes.

He
birdied the fifth but two more bogeys followed as he recorded only one
par in his first eight holes, and his woes continued on the back nine.

He ended up 12 over for his round, with three double-bogeys along the way, and seven over for the week.

Luke Donald is world No 1

Donald returns to world No 1 as Dufner wins maiden PGA Tour title in New Orleans

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00:16 GMT, 30 April 2012

Jason Dufner beat Ernie Els in a sudden death play-off to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, an event which saw Luke Donald regain top spot in the world rankings.

Donald needed a top-seven finish at Avondale to regain pole position from Rory McIlroy – and he got it – finishing third.

However, the winner of the tournament was American Dufner, who edged out Els on the second hole of the play-off to land his first PGA title.

Eyes on the prize: Jason Dufner celebrates his win in New Orleans

Eyes on the prize: Jason Dufner celebrates his win in New Orleans

Dufner had not won in his previous 163 starts on the US PGA Tour and until Sunday was best remembered for losing a play-off to Keegan Bradley in last year's US PGA Championship.

Els had been a man on the move on the final day in Louisiana as he moved into a share of the lead with overnight leader Dufner.

The South African picked up two birdies and an eagle as he turned in 32, while a birdie on the 11th saw him finish on 19 under par with a 67.

No 1: Luke Donald is back on top of the world rankings

No 1: Luke Donald is back on top of the world rankings

Dufner followed a bogey at the sixth with birdies on seven eight and 10 to card a 70 and take the contest to a play-off – the sixth on the tour this season.

Els had a putt of around six feet to win on the first hole of the play-off but failed to take it – and paid when Dufner rolled in from less than a couple of feet minutes later.

The 35-year-old, who marries fiancee Amanda Boyd next month, said afterwards: 'It was a tough day, I'd already put up a good number.

So close: Ernie Els missed out after a play-off with Dufner

So close: Ernie Els missed out after a play-off with Dufner

'It's been tough trying to get this first win, so this is a little bit of a monkey off my back.'

For Donald, a final round 67 followed efforts of 73, 65 and 66 to see him finish two shots behind Dufner and Els.

Birdies on the third, ninth, 11th, 13th and 18th ensured the Englishman finished on his own at 17 under par.

America's Ryan Palmer and Canada's Graeme DeLaet were tied for fourth on 16 under – Palmer firing a final round 69 and DeLaet finishing with a 71.

Off and running: Dufner celebrates winning his first PGA Tour title

Off and running: Dufner celebrates winning his first PGA Tour title

Steve Stricker was sixth on 15 under after a 70, with fellow Americans trio Ken Duke (70), Cameron Tringale (71) and John Rollins (72) a shot further back.

Compatriot Justin Rose finished tied for 10th on 13 under after a final round 68, while Greg Owen was four shots back after finishing with a 69.

Scotland's Russell Knox, in contention after a second round 64, finished alongside Owen on nine under after a final round 72, England's Brian Davis was one back after a 70, with Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell ending on five under after a 72.

MASTERS 2012: Tiger Woods: I played some of my worst ever shots

Woods shoots level par to stay in contention but insists he played 'my worst ever' shots

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00:57 GMT, 6 April 2012

Tiger Woods headed straight for the driving range at Augusta after hitting 'some of the worst golf swings I've ever hit'.

The four-time Masters champion somehow managed a level par opening round of 72, but it contained two penalty drops in the trees and several other stray ones.

Tough start: Tiger Woods hits his second shot off the pine needles in the rough on the first hole

Tough start: Tiger Woods hits his second shot off the pine needles in the rough on the first hole

'I just hung in there and grinded my way around the golf course and stayed very patient, stayed in the moment,' he said after two closing bogeys had dropped him off the leaderboard.

'Unfortunately that was about as good as I got right there. I could have shot one, maybe two better, but I got a lot out of that round.'

Off the beaten track: Woods plays a shot out of the rough on the second hole

Off the beaten track: Woods plays a shot out of the rough on the second hole

He blamed it on 'old patterns' – slipping back into bad habits, that is.

'Some of my old stuff from a few years ago,' Woods added. 'I've had to try and kind of work through it and every now and again it pops up.'

Downcast: Woods reacts to a missed shot on the eleventh green but still shot 72

Downcast: Woods reacts to a missed shot on the eleventh green but still shot 72

The penalty drops came at the long second and 18th.